Obama administration pledges to stem immigration

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 07:  Immigration reform protesters listen to speakers during an immigration rally July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Participants condemned "the President's response to the crisis of unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence and to demand administrative relief for all undocumented families". Following the rally, the protesters marched in front of the White House.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Win McNamee, 2014 Getty Images)
Immigrants And Activists Protest Obama Response To Child Immigration Crisis (Win McNamee, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 7/09 11:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials are defending their response to the immigration crisis on the southwest border and promising to stem the tide of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America.

In testimony prepared for a Senate hearing Wednesday, several officials, including the heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and of Customs and Border Protection, argue the administration is acting aggressively on multiple fronts. They say they are trying to increase detention space and working with governments in the region.

The officials are appearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee a day after Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis. The hearing was not called to focus on that request, but questions on it were expected.


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